McCarthy, Niall. (14 August 2018). The transatlantic divide in language learning. Forbes.
The infographic tells the story of just how few in the USA are bi- or multilingual, summarizing a Pew Research Center report using Eurostat data, thus the focus on Europe vs the USA:
The explanation for the gap comes from an earlier Pew Research Center report, this one on the state of jobs in the USA, which showed that only 36% of Americans reported that knowing a foreign language was an extremely or very important trait for workers to be successful in today’s economy, ranking it last out of eight skills for workers’ success.
John Corbett (PhD, Glasgow University 1992) is Professor of English in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Macau. He is currently Head of the Department of English.
His work on intercultural language education engages with the roles curriculum development and classroom tasks play in the development of intercultural communicative competence. He is increasingly interested in the interaction between intercultural language education and professionalism in domains such as medicine and tourism. He is the author of An Intercultural Approach to English Language Teaching (Multilingual Matters, 2003), Intercultural Language Activities (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and (with Peih-ying Lu) of English in Medicine: An Intercultural Approach to Teaching Language and Values (Multilingual Matters, 2012). He has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, including (with Wendy Anderson and Alison Phipps) discussions of intercultural language learning in virtual communities. He was editor of the indexed journal Language and Intercultural Communication between 2004-9. While he works in Asia, he also has strong links with Brazil, and, with Andrea Assenti del Rio, he manages a BrazTESOL Special Interest Group on Intercultural Language Education on Facebook.
Go to his website for further details.